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Lt. Colonel Grover Cleveland NIBOUAR Jr.

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Lt. Colonel Grover Cleveland NIBOUAR Jr. Obituary
NIBOUAR, Jr., Lt. Colonel Grover Cleveland

Lt. Colonel Grover Cleveland Nibouar Jr. Age 97 of Austin Texas passed away in his sleep on November 11, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Nibouar, his son Doug Nibouar, his daughter Marie Taylor, his grandson Ryan Nibouar and granddaughter Sarah Taylor. He is also survived by his sisters Peg Mankus, and Doris Hobbs and many nephews and nieces He is preceded in death by his son Grover Nibouar III his brother David Nibouar his sister Joan Mcgrath and son-in-law William Skelton.

Grover was born August 29, 1916 in Hopewell New Jersey. He grew up and attended school in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. After graduating high school he was employed in various positions in the Philadelphia area prior to being drafted into the army at the start of World War II. As a private in the Army in the ordinance department he worked repairing and maintaining machine guns on the P-40 fighter planes. He attended navigation school in Monroe, Louisiana and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force on July 3, 1943. He was assigned to the army ferry command and ferried all types of aircraft to Africa, Europe and Asia to support the war effort. He later navigated transport planes from Morrison Field in West Palm Beach Florida to various army bases in the European theater returning back to the United States through Maine. When the war ended in the European theater he was ordered to navigate transport planes too many areas of operations throughout the Pacific taking in critical supplies and flying wounded soldiers out. In 1946 he was stationed in Shanghai China where he once again navigated transport aircraft throughout China, Japan and the Philippines. In 1947 he was transferred to Allied headquarters in Tokyo. He was assigned to the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur is a navigator. While in Tokyo he became reacquainted with Helen Breese, A cryptographer, whom he previously met at Morrison Field Florida. They later married in Elkton Maryland.

In 1949 he was permanently stationed stateside in the Strategic Air Command. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Col. in 1968 with 28 years of service.

In 1969 and took a position with the Texas real estate commission as a field representative in the education and enforcement division. He retired in 1979 after 10 years of service to the state of Texas.

After retirement he became very active in the Ben Hur shrine in the patrol and golf units. Several times a week he played golf with fellow Air Force retirees at Lyons Municipal Golf Course. He hit the ball long and straight. In later years, he continued to hit it straight.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers at The Pavilion Memory Care, and also Odyssey Hospice for their patience and compassion.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ben Hur Shrine Golf and Patrol units and also his other faithful golfing partners.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Thursday, the 14th of November 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

Funeral services will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 15th of November 2013, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations are made to Saint John's United Methodist Church or The Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Houston. 6977 Main St., Houston TX, 77030-3701.

To share condolences with Nibouar family please visit our website at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013
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